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Father O'Hara to Speak at Commencement

Father O'Hara to Speak at Commencement

Reverend Thomas J. O'Hara, C.S.C., Ph.D. will be delivering the commencement speech to the Holy Cross College graduating class of 2011 about preparing for globalization and the importance of service to the world.

His message comes from many years of personal experience. Prior to becoming President of his alma mater, King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Father O'Hara assisted in relief work with the Missionary Sisters of Charity, the religious community of the late Blessed Mother Teresa, in Dacca, Bangladesh, where he also was professor of English at Notre Dame College. Previous to serving in Bangladesh, O'Hara served as professor of political science at the Philosophical Centre of Jinja, Jinja, Uganda.

Father O'Hara is a 1971 graduate of King's College with a bachelor's degree in political science. He received his master's in theology from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in political science from The American University, Washington, D.C. Father O'Hara recently retired as President of King's College (1999-2011). He also served as professor of political science at King's.
Father O'Hara has received several professional awards, including the Exemplar Award from the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, the New York State Award for Dedication to Youth, and the King's College All College Awards for both administrators and faculty.

Father O'Hara has conducted research, served on panels, and published numerous papers and chapters on the role of religious lobby groups in the American public policy system. Papers he has written or presented include "The Multifaceted Catholic Lobby," "The Pluralism of the Catholic Lobby," and "The Civil Rights Restoration Act." Other publications include "Interest Groups and the Right to Die," "Rwanda: The Church Response," and "Uganda: A Model of Democracy."

The 44th commencement ceremony of Holy Cross College will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2pm in the Pfeil Center, on the campus of Holy Cross.